Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Broward & Palm Beach County
Have You Been Injured As The Result Of Someone Else’s Negligence?
Financial Recovery Can Soon Be Yours
After a traumatic accident, it’s often difficult to go back to life as usual. Physical pain, emotional upheaval, and financial distress follow you wherever you go. The injury you sustained may keep you from doing the things you love or prevent you from getting back to work.
During this difficult time, the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A. can help ease some of your burden.
If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys can help you recover the financial compensation you need to get your life back on track.
It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Schedule a free consultation today with one of our highly qualified attorneys. We will carefully review the details of your case and determine the best legal action to take and what damages you may be eligible for.
The sooner you get in touch, the quicker we can begin building the strongest claim possible.
In Your Time Of Need, Rely On Wise Counsel And Loyal Advocacy
At John D. Ameen, P.A., we care deeply about helping victims of negligence recover the financial restitution that is rightfully theirs.
As a small boutique firm, we pride ourselves on our ability to give each client the personal attention and legal expertise they deserve. Whether it’s assisting you in the claims process or reaching a settlement through negotiations or litigation, your best interests are at the core of everything we do.
At our firm, you are not just another case number — you’re a top priority.
Don’t try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. Their claims adjusters are trained to trap you into settling for a much lower reward than you’re entitled to.
Let the attorneys at John D. Ameen, P.A. fight on your behalf. Over the years, our attorneys have won millions of dollars for clients after going head-to-head with insurance companies.
Our Practice Areas
John D. Ameen, P.A. specializes exclusively in personal injury law. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle a wide-range of personal injury cases involving:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Work accidents
- Slip and fall/premises liability
- Dog bites
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Defective products
- Cruise ship accidents
- Wrongful death
What Kinds of Damages are Paid in a Personal Injury Case?
The most common types of damages or losses that are paid in a personal injury case are economic damages, or damages that have a clear cost. These include but are not limited to:
- Physical therapy
- Past and future medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages due to time away from work
Other types of damages that can be paid in a personal injury case are called non-economic damages. These damages are much harder to assign a dollar value to and can include:
- Damages for physical suffering and pain
- Damages for permanent disfigurement or disability
- Damages for emotional suffering and trauma
- Damages for trauma to relationships or the loss of social experiences
The damages that are included in a Florida personal injury case vary. Work with one of our seasoned personal injury attorneys, to gain a better idea of what may be included in your case.
What Is the Basis For A Valid Claim?
In order to recover damages, you must prove that your injury was the result of an individual’s or corporation’s negligence. According to the Florida Supreme Court, negligence is “the failure to use reasonable care.”
If someone fails to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances, they are negligent.
In order to win a lawsuit based on negligence, there are four things you need to establish:
- The negligent person owed you a duty of care
- The person breached that duty of care by failing to act reasonably
- The breach of duty caused you harm
- There was an actual and measurable injury sustained
Were You Owed A Duty Of Care?
Examples of Duty of Care
- Drivers have a duty to other motorists and pedestrians to operate their vehicle in a safe manner.
- A manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of a consumer product all have a duty to consumers to provide functional, safe, harmless products.
- A property or business owner has a duty to keep their premises hazard free, and if dangerous conditions are discovered, they must take the necessary steps to remedy it.
- An employer has a duty to its employees to provide a safe working environment.
- Health care providers have a duty to their patients to provide the same standard level of care required in their medical profession.
- Dog owners have a duty to make sure their dogs do not hurt people.
Was The Duty Of Care Owed To You Breached?
If the negligent party did not use as much care and caution as a reasonable person would use in a similar situation, the duty of care was most likely breached. The potential for harm existed, but they did not uphold their duty of care.
Examples of a breach of duty:
- A driver breached their duty of care to drive safely by violating a traffic law, i.e. running through a red light
- A child’s car seat manufacturer breached a duty of care to assemble a safe and functional product for consumers by creating a faulty seat belt clasp
- An owner of a grocery store breached their duty to its customers by failing to clean up a spill
- A surgeon breached their duty to provide competent medical care by using non-sterilized tools in surgery
Did The Breach Of Duty Directly Cause Your Injury?
Once it is established that you were owed a reasonable duty of care and the care was breached, you must prove that the breach of duty was a direct cause of your injury.
- A driver runs a red light and collides with another vehicle, injuring the other driver: the failure to obey traffic laws is the direct cause of the injury.
- A car seat manufacturer assembles a defective safety seat belt clasp and the car seat with the child tips over: the faulty seat belt clasp caused the child to get injured
- A grocery store owner fails to clean up a spill and a customer slips and is injured: the failure to clean up the spill is the direct cause of the injury.
- A surgeon uses non-sterilized tools while operating on a patient, and the patient develops a serious infection: the failure of the surgeon to sterilize the tools caused the patient’s infection.
Do You Have Proof Of Recoverable Damages?
The final criteria for a strong claim is to prove the nature and extent of the damages you incurred as a result of the accident. You can do this by providing evidence that shows exact dollar amounts of the total losses you have experienced. This can include:
- hospital bills
- invoices from doctor visits
- bills from rehab clinics, chiropractors, and other medical professionals
- receipts for out-of-pocket costs (medications, crutches, bandages, parking fees, etc)
- pay stubs for lost wages
- tax records
In addition to displaying monetary losses, you can include evidence to support any pain and suffering you experienced, or specific examples of how your life has been disrupted. This can be achieved by gathering:
- Photographs/videos exhibiting injuries and the accident scene
- Time sheets from the HR department showing amount of time taken off work
- Witness testimony/documentation from medical experts, mental health professionals, friends, family, work manager, co-workers, etc.
Are You Partially Responsible For The Accident?
Florida operates under the pure comparative negligence standard, which means that even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you still have a right to pursue a claim for your injuries.
Your recovery, however, will be reduced by your percentage of fault in causing the accident. For example, if your actions are deemed to be 30% negligent, then your damages would be reduced by 30%. In other words, your reward would be 70% of the total monetary recovery.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
Personal injury cases are covered by a statute of limitations, which is a certain amount of time given to file a lawsuit from the date of your injury.
Florida allows four years to file most personal injury lawsuits, however some causes of action — such as medical malpractice and wrongful death cases — must be filed within two years.
Contact the Law Offices of John D. Ameen Today
We work hard to help you obtain a favorable result through settlement negotiations or litigation. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with multiple office locations for your convenience.
We welcome all calls and questions with free consultations.
If you have been injured in an accident or just have a question about your insurance, call us at 1-800-555-4011.
If you have been denied by your insurance company or do not agree with their decision regarding your case, we can help. We handle all types of insurance disputes, as well as accidents.